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Celebrating Rebecca Rutt

It is with great pleasure that the JCC Indianapolis celebrates Rebecca Rutt’s special 80th birthday with friends, family and her fans. Rebecca is one of the founders and a driving force behind the creation of the JCC Dance Academy over 20 years ago.  This dance program has grown to serve over 275 children and adult students per year. Rebecca brings …

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Welcome Eric H. Koehler

Eric H. Koehler, JCC’s new CEO, has been on the job a little more than a month and is already a regular fixture in the Mordoh Fitness Center as is his wife Sandy. Even son, Gedalia, has jumped right in as staff at Camp JCC. The Koehlers come to Indianapolis from Stamford, CT where as CEO of the JCC there, …

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Meet Abby

Hi! I am Abby Endebrock (soon to-be Sweeney!) and I have loved every minute of my experience at the JCC. A little background – I am originally from Omaha, NE and went to school at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where I obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Family Science, as well as a double Minor in Education & Psychology. My …

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Confidence-building Swim Lessons

The JCC is the place to be for Horizons at St. Richard’s. Horizons is a transformative six-week summer program that offers high quality learning for children outside of the school year. The mission of Horizons is to close the summer learning gap for Indianapolis kids from low income families through: intensive academic enrichment from pre-K to 8th grade fun learning …

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Cereal Box Exhibition

Children enrolled in the ECE Pre-kindergarten classrooms had an opportunity to show off a year’s worth of art projects with their 2017 Daled & Gimmel Art Show and Fundraiser, complete with an interactive gallery made up of cereal boxes. Kids set the value for their works of art; prices ranged from a penny for a vibrant-colored coffee filter to $764 …

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Heart Crisis: 4 Yoga Poses to Open Your Heart Chakra

By Ashley Zeller, JCC Wellness School Manager and Yoga Instructor E-RYT® 200 Angie Finds Relief. About a year ago a new student complained of neck and shoulder pain. After a few sessions and conversations, we discovered she had recently switched from working part-time to full-time, significantly increasing the time she spent sitting at a desk in front of a computer. Her …

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Community Yoga School Graduate

Interview with Community Yoga School Graduate Emily Byas Community Yoga School instructor, Ashley Kay Zeller, a certified e-RYT® 200, talked recently with Community Yoga School graduate, Emily Byas about her experiences as a student in the inaugural 2016 class. If you’re interested in yoga teacher training, the JCC will host an Open House on Sat, Aug 27 from 5:30-7 pm. What …

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Board President Knows What It’s Like to Have No J

“The reason I’m involved with the JCC in Indianapolis goes back to my childhood. I guess you can say that if you want to make an impression upon a person, do it when they’re young. That’s exactly what happened with me,” said Keith Pitzele, newly-elected president of the JCC board (he served as president previously 1991-93). “Growing up in Gary, …

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Q&A with Javan

Javan Odinga is not just a friendly face in the Mordoh Fitness Center. He is a great resource for answering any JCC member’s question from how to use certain equipment to what kinds of calories help a person maximize their workout. Similar to how a GPS device functions for a car, Javan can provide direction to help a person reach …

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Do I Need a Personal Trainer?

Below are three case studies of JCC members who work with personal trainer, Javan Odinga. They shared with us why they started using a personal trainer and why they keep coming back. Case Study 1: David C After a 15-year hiatus from working out, David C. met with Javan. Based on David’s goals to lose weight and gain muscle, David …

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